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Foodbank users report benefit delays, adverse life events

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A new UCL study surveyed who uses food banks in London, and for what reasons.

The study, published this week in the Journal of Public Health, found benefit-related problems were the most common reason, while recent adverse life events were also associated with food insecurity.

Improving clinical trials with machine learning

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Machine learning could improve our ability to determine whether a new drug works in the brain, potentially enabling researchers to detect drug effects that would be missed entirely by conventional statistical tests, finds a new UCL study published today in Brain.

Mammals switched to daytime activity after dinosaur extinction

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Mammals only started being active in the daytime after non-avian dinosaurs were wiped out about 66 million years ago (mya), finds a new study led by UCL and Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History.

Acid reflux drug linked to more than doubled risk of stomach cancer

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The long term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of drugs commonly used to treat acid reflux, is linked to a more than doubling in the risk of developing stomach cancer, finds research by UCL and The University of Hong Kong.

UCL-led ‘Museums on Prescription’ wins health awards

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A UCL and Canterbury Christ Church University-led project ‘Museums on Prescription’ has won two prestigious Royal Society of Public Health Awards for ‘Health & Wellbeing’ and ‘Arts and Health’, with a special commendation for ‘Sustainable Development’.

The relentless rise of migration in Europe over last 10,000 years

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Three major pulses of increased mobility in Europe over the last 10,000 years and a general upward trend in migration have been uncovered in a new study led by researchers from UCL, University of Cambridge and King’s College London.

New device developed that can weigh a single cell

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Scientists have developed a tiny cantilever that can weigh individual cells, which has enabled them to detect that a cell stops growing after catching a virus.

How $14 billion protected Earth's species

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Billions of dollars of financial investment in global conservation has significantly reduced biodiversity loss, according to a new University of Oxford-led study involving UCL.

Brain takes seconds to switch modes during tasks

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The brain rapidly switches between operational modes in response to tasks and what is replayed can predict how well a task will be completed, according to a new UCL study in rats.

UCL’s teaching successes highlighted in study of national rankings

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UCL has been singled out for key features of its teaching including its focus on student employability, curriculum innovations and humility in an analysis of the recent nationwide assessment of universities’ teaching quality.

Dr Ellie Cosgrave to host new BBC podcast ‘Tomorrow’s World’

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Dr Ellie Cosgrave from UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP) is co-presenting the BBC’s new ‘Tomorrow’s World’ podcast.

Major rethink needed on stem cells and regenerative medicine

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UCL researchers are leading a call for a coordinated strategy to reform the management of scientific discoveries and clinical experimentation involving stem cells and regenerative medicine.

New licensing agreement for UCL technology to combat antimicrobial resistance

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The alarming rise and spread of antimicrobial resistance is an increasing global challenge and there is considerable interest and an acknowledged benefit in the targeted delivery of antimicrobial agents.  

UCL academics presenting at New Scientist live

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Numerous UCL academics will be presenting at New Scientist Live this week, the second annual edition of a festival of ideas taking place at ExCeL London.

Virtual brain lab brings together world-leading neuroscientists

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Twenty one leading neuroscience groups from around the world, including seven from UCL, have formed a ‘virtual brain lab’ to test how the brain controls learning and decision making. 

UCL ranked in world's top five universities for arts and humanities

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UCL has been ranked fifth in the world for arts and humanities in the latest league table published by The Times Higher Education.

Explaining bursts of activity in brains of preterm babies

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The source of spontaneous, high-amplitude bursts of activity seen in the brains of preterm babies, which are vital for healthy development, has been identified by a team led by researchers at UCL and King’s College London.

Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission

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Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.

Help (and beer) needed for UK wasp survey

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Wasps, although an annoyance to many, are useful predators that control garden pests and pollinate flowers. Now their abundance and diversity in the UK are being investigated by a team from UCL and the University of Gloucestershire.

Fossil skull sheds light on ape ancestry

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A remarkably complete fossil skull discovered in Kenya reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like, according to a new study involving UCL research.

Scientists develop ranking system to scale the impact of alien species

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A transparent ranking system for measuring the socio-economic impact of plants and animals that are introduced by humans to areas where they do not naturally occur (termed “aliens”) has been developed by an international team of scientists, from UCL, Université de Fribourg and Stellenbosch University.

Low iron levels may increase risk of heart disease

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People with low iron levels may be at greater risk of heart disease, according to a new study involving UCL scientists.

Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life

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The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust.

Sex differences important for medical research

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The sex of animals frequently has an effect in biomedical research and therefore should be considered in scientific studies, according to UCL scientists.

Pharmacy centre launched

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A new partnership between UCL and UCLH could transform patient care around the world by making medicines safer and easier to take.

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